BlueStar rangetop installation
After getting to see CC and Bluestar ranges at a local appliance store yesterday, I'm leaning toward a 36" Bluestar rangetop for new kitchen in my huge remodel that starts soon. It's going to be in a perimeter counter run. Before I decide for sure, I want to make sure I'll be able to install it the way I want.
What I'd like to do is make my countertop on that wall a couple of inches deeper than normal, so there are a couple of inches of counter behind the range top, to allow for larger pans in the back. I think that means I need to use their "island trim", since some sort of trim is required behind the rangetop. The island trim sticks up about 1" above the burner grates, which I don't really want, but I like it a lot better than the 7" or 17" high stainless steel trims.
In their dreadful installation instructions I found this: "If you are using an island trim a six inch clearance between the back of the range and a combustible surface is required. If an island trim is to be used without this six inch clear- ance the back wall must be non-combustible and heat resistant material that extends below the top surface of the range a minimum of six inches."
Has anyone else tried to do an installation like this? What did you do about the "non-combustible and heat resistant material" on the back wall? The only way I can see to avoid it would be to make my counters 30" deep, so there's 6" of space back there, but I think that would probably be too deep.
Does anyone have tips on what to do here or, better yet, photos of what you did? I've found lots of great Bluestar range photos on the forums, but rangetop photos are scarce. Unfortunately my appliance dealer didn't have the rangetops, just the ranges and the BS drop-in cooktop (which looked like a real pain to clean) so I couldn't really see exactly how the rangetop would fit into a counter.